The Sainsbury Centre Sculpture Park is a must this summer! In addition to the fabulous Anthony Gormley Exhibition they’ve now welcomed three striking sculptures by leading British sculptor Lynn Chadwick (1914–2003) to take up residence in its East End garden.
These three “Beasts” (Crouching Beast II, Lion I and Beast Alerted I) are monumental animals captured in various states of action, made of welded stainless-steel sheets.
Muddy tip – built in BBQ’s by the lake make the perfect place for a little informal get together with friends on a Sunday afternoon!
Pop Up Shop at Dalegate Market, Burnham Deepdale, Thurs 7 – Tues 12 June (weekly)
Bored of the usual shopping haunts? Take a trip to the coast and pop into Dalegate Market for a relaxed mosey around some great independent shops and boutiques. Throughout the summer from Thursday to Tuesday, four new Pop Up Shops will be appearing in the beach huts behind the Cafe.
Talking of which, the lovely Deepdale Cafe was a finalist in our Muddy Awards 2018 Best Cafe category and well worth a visit especially for breakfast if you can get up early enough!
Full listings of all shops and Pop Up Shops can be found HERE
Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios 2018, Norfolk, Sat 26 May – Sun 10 June
Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios celebrates local artists and their achievements by offering them the opportunity to open their doors to the public to exhibit, sell and talk about their work.
New for this year – an Art Trail taking people on a guided tour of the Open Studios. Many artists run special events and activities offering visitors the chance to get creative and have a go themselves!
Studios are FREE to visit and visitors don’t need to book in advance, unless you are a large group.
Funtastic Half Term at Holkham, Holkham Hall Estate, Mon 28 May – Fri 1 June
Head over to Holkham this May half term for a fun-tastic programme of crafts, challenges, bike rides, bouncy castles, zorbing, circus skills and outdoor activities!
There’s an interactive Field to Fork exhibition, a deer safari and pond dipping. Plus bring the bikes for the animal safari challenge and join Doc Spinoff and his wacky bikes!
In the walled garden you’ll find face painting, craft galore, a bouncy castle and pirate obstacle course. Children’s entertainer Stevie Spud will be whipping up a frenzy with his crazy circus skills and magic shows!
For the older kids – critter croquet, giant Jenga, supersized Scrabble, hook-a-duck, a living word-search and football zorbing!
Book tickets – £7.50 – £44 (family ticket)
Sarah Kendell: One-Seventeen, The Norwich Playhouse, Fri 1 June
One-Seventeen is a show about a number and all the people contained inside it. It’s an eclectic mix of connected short stories: a family in crisis waiting to see Halley’s Comet, a hamster with organ failure, an astronaut re-entering the atmosphere. Comedy and tragedy in equal measure, Sarah Kendell promises to be a burst out laughing and gasp in horror kind of a night.
Book tickets £15.00
FRYAY, The Birdcage, Norwich, Fri 1 June (5-8pm)
Get that fryay feeling with goujon and chips AND a minature bottle of prosecco, while the DJ spins the vinyl. Great start to the weekend!
Every Friday – £7.00 pp
Summer Sizzle, The Manor House, Itteringham, Sat 2 June The Summer Sizzle ingredients – Argentine BBQ, bar, live music, vintage and craft stalls – sounds like the perfect recipe for a great summers day out!Free
Peppa Pig’s Adventures, Kings Lynn Corn Exchange, Sat 2 – Sun 3 June
One for the grandparents – “go on you’ll love it mum”
The story line is a winner – Peppa goes on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. With lunch-boxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor adventure – what could possibly go wrong? Full of games, laughter and live music to keep the little ones amused for at least an hour – you hope!
Book tickets £10.50 – 20.50
Let’s Dance ’80s, The Open, Norwich, Sat 2 June
Puntastic – here we go ……. Do you love a bit of ‘Dancing in the Dark’? Are you ‘Hungry Like The Wolf’ to get ‘Footloose’?
If the answer’s “Yes”, then you’re going to love ‘Let’s Dance ‘80s’, the Open’s brand new 80’s night, promising to be an unforgettable ‘Thriller’ of a night!
All YOU’VE got to do is ‘Walk This Way’ and say ‘Let’s Dance’.
Book tickets £9.00
The Lady in the Van, Sheringham Little Theatre, Sat 2 June
Going to see local ‘Am Dram’ theatre might seem a little risqué for a Saturday night out. However, pick a good play and you might just be pleasantly surprised!
Recently on the big screen with the fabulous Dame Maggie Smith, The St George Players are now bringing this classic to the stage at The Sheringham Little Theatre. The Lady in the Van tells the true story of Alan Bennett’s strained friendship with Miss Mary Shepherd, an eccentric homeless woman whom Bennett befriended in the 1970’s. Bennett allowed her to, temporarily, park her dilapidated Bedford van in the driveway of his Camden home. She stayed there for 15 years.
Buy tickets £10
Mildred’s Fabulous Maypole Fete, BeWILDerwood, Hoveton, Mon 28 May – Sun 3 June
The school holidays are the best time to experience the full excitement and wonderfulness of our ‘Muddy Award’ winning family attraction – BeWILDerwood. Always lots of extras to enjoy and this half term there will be swirling and twirling round the Maypole to help wake up the bugs for Spring.
Fun and frolics at the Grubbles Mini Games plus the usual den building, tree top adventure, zip wires, face painting and interactive story telling – what more could you want for a great family day out!
Book tickets £16.50
Jarrold’s Ladies Day at Fakenham Races, Fakenham, Sun 3 June
Hats and heels at the ready – the Jarrold’s Ladies Day at Fakenham races is always a prosecco fuelled fun day out!
Book tickets £8-£23
Live Music with Emma O’Reilly, The Rooftop Gardens, Norwich, Sun 3 June
What a great way to round off the weekend – sitting on the rooftop terrace with something chilled and listening to live music from Irish singer/songwriter Emma O’Reilly. If you like Tori Amos, Kate Bush and Regina Spektor, then you’ll be sure to enjoy Emma’s fusion of alternative rock, pop and folk!
20th Anniversary of Sex and the City Rooftop Party, Rooftop Gardens, Norwich, Wed 6 June
OMG – this is on my must list this month – an evening at the Rooftop Terrace watching Sex and the City while drinking cosmos and eating canapés! They’re even running a ‘Dress as your most Fabulous SATC Character’ competition!
So come on ladies, grab your stilettos and start channelling your inner Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte or Samantha – which one are you?
Yoga in the gardens of Blickling Hall – wow what a beautiful setting to relax and find your zen! Every Thursday throughout June at 9.15am or 10.30am choose between a beginners, Vinyasa Flow or yoga for core and conditioning.
Book session £10
The Script, Thetford Forest, Brandon, Thurs 7 June
Gigs in Thetford Forest normally start like this – a very relaxed affair people chilling on picnic blankets with a glass of wine enjoying the pretty magical setting. The main act take to the stage, the sun starts to set and everyone is up dancing and feeling at one with the environment (or is the last one just me?).
Back for the fourth time to the forest, I’m sure The Script will give an electric performance.
Book tickets £47.25
Great Yarmouth Arts Festival, Great Yarmouth, Fri 8 – Sun 17 Jun
This will be the sixth Great Yarmouth Arts Festival and this year they’re celebrating 250 years of the circus. I’m picturing ‘The Greatest Showman’ and therefore hope the line up of life-size elephants, visual art displays, circus acts, live music and street food will not disappoint.
There’s a whole programme of free and ticketed events, click here for more information.
The Vintage & Creators Summer Market, Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich Sat 9 June
Designer makers, unique vintage and retro sellers, BBQ and vintage lawn games. A lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon and Muddy tip – pop over to the Georgian Townhouse for a glass of something chilled!
Nick Cope Family Concert, The Norwich Puppet Theatre, Sat 9 June
It can sometimes be a little tiresome when the only time you get to the theatre is to see kiddie shows but this sounds like something that mums and dads might get a kick out of too. Nick Cope sings about head lice, dogs eating soap and my personal favourite – “the baby’s done a poo!!”
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, Thetford Forest, Brandon, Sat 9 June
With special guest Billy Bragg, this sounds like a great night in the Forest. I’m sure there’ll be a few throwbacks to The Housemartins and The Beautiful South, for those of us tipping 40!
Book tickets £37.35
Royal Opera House Live screening of Swan Lake, Cinema City, Norwich, Tues 12 June
The Royal Opera House streamed direct to Cinema City – I love a bit of London Culture on my doorstep. Just in case you don’t know the story – Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night.
This Season The Royal Ballet creates a new production with additional choreography by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. While remaining faithful to the Petipa-Ivanov text, Scarlett will bring fresh eyes to the staging of this classic ballet, in collaboration with his long-term designer John Macfarlane.
Book tickets £17.50 – £22 (members only)
Grumpy Old Women: To The Rescue, Norwich Playhouse, Fri 15 June
Not so much the ‘old’ but certainly the grumpy, I’m looking forward to seeing this new comedy from the mistresses of grump aka Jenny Eclair, Dillie Keane & Lizzie Roper.
Fed up with flogging their guts out and always having to be in charge (anyone else furiously nodding), the Grumpy Old Women have put their knobbly old feet up in glorious retirement, free at last to practise their extreme colouring-in, ukelele orchestra and novelty fudge- making.
But with the world in a bigger mess than ever before, is there anything that can tempt them off their backsides to unleash their superpowers and once more come to the rescue?!
Super Women Unite!
Book tickets £25
Silent Disco, Norwich Arts Centre, Fri 15 June
And why not, sounds like a great opportunity to dance like nobody’s watching!
Book tickets £6 – £9
Family Silent Disco, Norwich Arts Centre, Sat 16 June
Mixing up Disney, Pop and Indie favourites, get your glitter on and show the kids your ‘big box – little box’ dance moves.
Let your creativity run wild at this fab new evening being held at our Muddy Award 2018 Best Cafe. Artist Jacky Hutson will help you find your inner artist while sipping on a cocktail or two!
It’s going to be a fun mini festival type of a day down at The Woodforde’s Brewery/The Fur & Feathers Inn. It’s the launch of the Go Go Hare trail across the county and Woodfordes will be unveiling ‘Hareatio’ designed by local artists Phil Daniels. The day starts with fizz and canapes (like all days should), post a selfie with ‘Hareatio’ and be in with a chance to win lunch at the pub or a brewery tour (Father’s Day sorted). Top it all off with BBQ and booze and we have the recipe for a lovely afternoon.
Settle down after lunch for Strange Fascination Theatre and their ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’. A family friendly show featuring intrepid explorers on the expedition of a life time based on the Jules Verne classic. The show promises to be full of excitement, puppets, fiction and fantasy that will entertain the whole family. Bring your chairs and blankets and prepare for a fun filled day come rain or shine.